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Sim Racing

Simulators are for racing drivers what treadmills are for runners. It’s not quite the real thing… But you’re still running.

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🕹 Sim Racing Setup

I have primarily used a Playstation for my sim racing activities. I do plan on upgrading to a PC soon but for now this is what I use to drive each day.

Thrustmaster T-GT

Awesome controls, very detailed Force-Feedback and very quiet. The T-GT has exceeded my expectations which is why I have kept using it despite owning a Fanatec CS Elite.

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Playseat® Alcantara

Not the best seat out there but for the price you won’t find better. Comfortable and with enough of a customizable range you can get a really good driving position.

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T.Racing Scuderia Ferrari

I absolutely love these headphones from Thrustmaster. Very comfortable, good sound and convenient controls built into the headset. Highly recommended.

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🏁 Favourite Driving Games

I’ve played tons of racing games in my life but these days I tend to stick to two or three where I aim on perfecting my skills as I prepare for real life race weekends.

Gran Turismo Sport ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Some people call this a ‘Simcade’ but I think it get’s the job done well enough to use it for at least an hour per day. Couple that with brilliant online racing in the FIA sanctioned Championship and you have a great racing game that any driver can use to improve.

Like

  • Accurate track renders
  • Car selection
  • Online FIA Races

Don’t Like

  • Could be more realistic
  • Handling of mid-engined cars
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Assetto Corsa ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

By far the most realistic racing game on Playstation 4. I use this to prepare for my real life racing and often do head to head battles with some of my team mates. It does lack in terms of online racing but overall highly recommended. A must buy.

Like:

  • Car handling and realism
  • Track accuracy
  • Force Feedback

Don’t Like:

  • Average online racing
  • Menu interface
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F1 2018 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I only use F1 2018 purely to improve my starts. It’s always chaotic during the first two laps in this game and I’ve found it really helps with my real life performances. Definitely not the most realistic racing game I’ve ever played but it’s helped with my reaction times. But that’s about it.

Like

  • Covers the F1 season
  • In-season F1 challenges
  • Improved my starts

Don’t Like

  • Physics
  • Online races
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💪 Suggested Daily Routine

Having played on simulators for over 20 years I have developed my own personal program that I continue to adapt. Here’s what I recommend for drivers who are looking to benefit from using a Simulator at home:

90 Minute Session

Try to limit your daily sim sessions to a maximum of 120 minutes. Anything longer and you’ll find yourself doing mindless (and therefore useless) laps. My ideal daily stint is 90 minutes.

5 Lap Warm Up

The first thing I do when I start my session is 5 flying up laps with the same car + track combination. For example I always use a Ferrari 458 GT3 around Suzuka on Medium tires. By starting with this routine I am immediately aware of my baseline performance for the day.

15 Minute Qualifying

Once I’ve completed by 5 lap warm up I proceed to the Online Race lobbies and look for a race I enjoy however before I enter the race I do 15 minutes of practice (or qualifying) laps around the track to prepare. I never just dive into a race and start at the back of the grid because I have found that you end up spending your time crashing instead of learning.

2 - 3 Online Races

With Qualifying Practice complete I head into the online races. Most of them on Gran Turismo are quick, 5 – 9 laps, and if you’ve done a decent qualifying lap you will be matched with drivers of a similar pace. The benefit of competing in 2 – 3 races is you will improve your racecraft that you can apply directly to your racing in real life.

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